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32nd Annual Havelock Chili Festival gets cooking

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Thousands of people will gather in Craven County this weekend to celebrate the taste of chili.
The 32nd Annual Havelock Chili Festival kicked off at 5 p.m. Friday at the Walter B. Jones Park on U.S. 70.

9 On Your Side caught vendors earlier in the afternoon preparing for the big day.

More than 25,000 people came to last year's two-day event. They come for the live music, the games and prizes, and the chili samples.

Organizers say the highlight of the festival is the cooking competition.
"This is a big deal. It represents the entire state of North Carolina. The state chili championship is not being held in Raleigh, Charlotte, or Asheville. It's in Havelock, North Carolina," said Stephanie Duncan, Havelock Chamber of Commerce Exec. Director.

Organizers say they'll donate all proceeds from the festival to local non-profits, like the Easter Seal/Craven Cherry Point Child Development Center.

Visit www.chilifestival.org or email chili@chilifestival.org for more information or contatct the Havelock Chamber of Commerce at (252) 447-1101.

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